[02/15/18 - 11:16 AM]
Season 7 of "Call the Midwife" to Premiere Sunday, March 25, 2018 on PBS
Nonnatus House welcomes a new midwife, Lucille Anderson played by Leonie Elliott, the first West Indian midwife to be featured as a series regular.

[via press release from PBS]

Season 7 of CALL THE MIDWIFE to Premiere Sunday, March 25, 2018 on PBS

- Hit British Series From Neal Street Productions Continues to Draw Strong U.S. Fan Base -

ARLINGTON, VA - PBS is transporting viewers back to East London with a seventh season of the critically acclaimed British drama CALL THE MIDWIFE. The series returns on March 25, 2018, with back-to-back episodes from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS. The Sunday night lineup also features two new MASTERPIECE programs, including "The Child in Time," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald, April 1, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET, and "Unforgotten" April 8-May 13, 2018, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET.

Nonnatus House welcomes a new midwife, Lucille Anderson played by Leonie Elliott (Wondrous Oblivion, Danny and the Human Zoo, "Black Mirror"), the first West Indian midwife to be featured as a series regular. Elegant, compassionate and clever, Nurse Lucille is swift to settle in and brings a fresh new energy to life at Nonnatus House. Her story reflects the experiences of Caribbean nurses who traveled to the U.K. in the 1960s to support the expanding National Health Service.

Season 7 of CALL THE MIDWIFE opens as the "Big Freeze" of 1963 continues and the midwives persevere through the intense winter. The nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House are being tested as they have never been before, both personally and professionally. All around them they see the old East End vanishing, as slum clearances make way for bold new tower blocks to accommodate expanding communities. They find themselves facing a wide range of medical challenges, from breech birth to cancer, Huntington's chorea and cataracts. Trixie and Christopher continue to develop their romance, while Tom and Barbara enjoy life as a married couple. Nurse Crane's authority is questioned from an unexpected source, and Sister Monica Joan is forced to accept her failing faculties. Additionally, life for the Turners is turned upside down when Shelagh decides to employ an au pair.

Dame Pippa Harris, Executive Producer for Neal Street Productions said, "We are thrilled to be bringing another series of CALL THE MIDWIFE to our loyal audience in America, together with our partners at PBS. The series goes from strength to strength thanks to Heidi Thomas's creativity and skill as a screenwriter, and the brilliance of our cast and crew."

Creator and Executive Producer Heidi Thomas said, "CALL THE MIDWIFE is a love letter to community, family, babies, and the strength of women. We're thrilled to be able to share Season 7 with our loyal and much-loved PBS fans."

Season 6 of CALL THE MIDWIFE, which aired on PBS in Spring 2017, drew an average audience of 3.4 million viewers (P2+). Each of the past four seasons was among the yearly top 10 viewed programs on PBS, with Season 6 ratings the series' highest since Season 3 in Spring 2014. Last season logged an additional 2.1 million streams on PBS digital platforms, including PBS.org and PBS apps. CALL THE MIDWIFE's 2017 holiday special marked the annual event's most-watched performance ever among total viewers (P2+) (Source: TV - Nielsen Live+7 U.S. program estimates.)

Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC One and PBS, CALL THE MIDWIFE has been one of Britain's most popular drama series since it launched in 2012, and it continues to be one of the most-watched dramas in the U.K. CALL THE MIDWIFE? has earned more than 20 TV awards and nominations, including several from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and the National TV awards. The series won a Gracie Award for Ensemble Cast in 2017 and has recently been voted the Best Drama of the 21st Century in the BFI & Radio Times Festival Audience Poll. CALL THE MIDWIFE was recommissioned by the BBC for a further three series and three holiday specials, taking the nuns and midwives right into the mid 1960s and CALL THE MIDWIFE to 9 series.

CALL THE MIDWIFE stars Jenny Agutter ("The Railway Children," "Spooks") as Sister Julienne, Linda Bassett ("East Is East," "Lark Rise to Candleford") as Nurse Phyllis Crane, Judy Parfitt ("Little Dorrit," Girl With a Pearl Earring), who was nominated for a 2013 Satellite Award for her work as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George ("Hollyoaks," "Doctors") as Trixie Franklin, Laura Main ("Monarch of the Glen") as Shelagh Turner, Charlotte Ritchie ("Life of Riley," "Fresh Meat") as Nurse Barbara Hereward, Victoria Yeates ("Holby City") as Sister Winifred, Jennifer Kirby ("Holby City") as Nurse Valerie Dyer, Stephen McGann ("Emmerdale") as Dr. Patrick Turner, Jack Ashton ("Endeavour," "Of Mary") as Tom Hereward, Cliff Parisi ("EastEnders") as Fred, Annabelle Apsion ("Shameless") as Violet Buckle, Daniel Laurie as Reggie, Jack Hawkins ("Holby City") as Christopher Dockerill and Leonie Elliott (Wondrous Oblivion, Danny and the Human Zoo, "Black Mirror") as Nurse Lucille Anderson. Vanessa Redgrave voices the mature Jennifer Worth.

CALL THE MIDWIFE is created and written by Heidi Thomas, also the Executive Producer of Little Women on MASTERPIECE coming to PBS May 13, 2018; Executive Producers are Pippa Harris, Heidi Thomas and Ann Tricklebank. Executive Producer's for the BBC are Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Christopher Aird. Episode one is directed by Syd Macartney ("Last Tango in Halifax," "The Syndicate," A Love Divided). The series is a Neal Street production for BBC/PBS and is distributed by BBC Worldwide North America.

Full episodes of CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 7) will be available to stream the morning after broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. CALL THE MIDWIFE seasons 1-6 are now available on DVD and Blu-ray on shopPBS.org. Additional items, including Jennifer Worth's memoirs, published by Penguin Books, The Life and Times of Call the Midwife, published by Harper Collins, and Doctor Turner's Casebook, published by Simon & Schuster UK, are also available.

CALL THE MIDWIFE contains mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. Rated TV-14.

About PBS

PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS' premier children's media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV - including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices.

About Neal Street Productions

Neal Street Productions was formed in 2003 by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling, and Nicolas Brown joined in 2013 to work across the film and TV portfolio. The company has been successful in film, theatre and television with hit movies including Revolutionary Road, Jarhead and Starter for 10. Their diverse television slate includes the award-winning Stuart A Life Backwards, with Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch, three series of Penny Dreadful starring Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Rory Kinnear, and the hugely successful Call the Midwife. All six series to date have gained over 10m viewers, it is the UK's most watched TV drama series and it has been voted the Best Drama of the 21st Century in the BFI & Radio Times Festival Audience Poll. Neal Street also produced the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Hollow Crown - a series of Shakespeare films for the BBC/PBS - starring Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons, and a second series; The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, Keeley Hawes and Sophie Okonedo was nominated for three Baftas. Current TV projects include Britannia, a major new original drama series written by Jez Butterworth starring Kelly Reilly, Zoe Wanamaker and David Morrissey for Sky Atlantic and Amazon. Upcoming projects include the contemporary thriller, Informer, starring Paddy Consadine, Bel Powley and Nabhaan Rizwan which is being made for BBC and Amazon. On the theatre side, current productions include The Ferryman written by Jez Butterworth, which opened to 5* reviews at the Royal Court and is currently at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End, and will be transferring to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, Broadway in October 2018, and the UK Tour of Shrek The Musical starring Laura Main as Princess Fiona. Neal Street Productions is an All3Media company, All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.

About BBC Worldwide North America Sales and Co-Productions

BBC Worldwide North America Sales & Distribution is one of five core businesses operating in the U.S. under BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK public service broadcaster, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). BBC Worldwide exists to maximize the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in programming in return for rights. The Sales & Distribution business negotiates, sells and distributes television programs to networks and secures co-production partners in the region.

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